Actually, playoff hockey is about sacrificing the body, but knowing how to block a shot. They guy needs to learn not to face the puck or wear a face sheild. He should know better considering he did the same thing earlier this year. Maybe he's so dumb he can't pass shot blocking 101
Ian Laperriere is a prime reason why Philadelphia blew right though New Jersey.Sacrifices the body at any cost.Hard hitting.Takes face offs.This guy is the real deal.A true team player.Does anyone have the video of the blocked s*** from last night?
Didn't seem to disappear in the playoffs in 2008 when it counted most. Remember SCF game 4 perhaps? Had a respectable 2009 playoffs. Just two full playoff seasons so far and he's been solid.
Again, not saying he's the greatest thing since sliced bread, but if he underperforms, so do a majority of the NHLers with postseason experience. You are getting a wee bit ridiculous in undervaluing him.
I just hope he works on his defensive game.Not a totally worthless player.Not an all star.imo he's just not what we're looking for tho.
Like I said, a guy who brings 20 less points in the regular season, that can hit, fight and show up in the playoffs if nothing else but laying out bodies in the top 6 is much more important to a team then a 60 point getter that can't play in his own zone or be even slightly effective in the corners.
Think of it this way. We could trade Hudler for a couple prospects or draft picks, with that money sign Armstrong. Essentially youre trading Hudler for Armstrong and 2 prospects. Sounds good to me anyday.
Its obvious that Hudler can put up points. What he can't do is play defense or be physical which are integral parts of hockey. Detroit believes in solid two way play from all forwards, Hudler was the only one last season that couldn't play good defensively.
Dats and Z are still physical players, especially compared to Hudler.
Just don't even try explaining to them.they don't understand the fact that playoff hockey isn't for one-dimensional ballerinas.
well, at least we agree on one thing. meanwhile, as you prep the ruler to see who's opinion has the bigger ****, i'll simply wash my hands of this retarded argument, and let you get all crosby about how right you are. cause you're right. in that reason and logic are the furthest things from your mind...
enjoy the discourse. i'm out of this one...
Later ******.You know it all man.
How is Armstrong a better fit for this team?
We're not gonna resigng more than one of Bertuzzi, Williams and Holmstrom. Top6 guys we're going to have next season: Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen, Filppula, Bertuzzi/Williams/Holmstrom, X
Bottom6: Cleary, Helm, Draper, Abdelkader, Eaves, Miller
We already have enough bottom6 guys for next season. Of our top6 guys only two are better than Hudler offensively. Plus, three of them, Filppula, Zetterberg, Datsyuk are all good penalty killers too.
I fail to understand how Armstrong or any guy that brings us less offense and more defense for that same money could be a better option for this team. Armstrong has potential for +50, Hudler has potential for +70. Hudler is two years younger and has already played for this team and played under Babcock. You can hate all you want but I know which of them Babcock and Kenny want.
You just seriously don't get it.He's gonna be a 3rd line guy again.A linemate of his last year(Filppula)will be getting 2nd line minutes,therefore not playing with him.His ofense will be at the same level or less because of this.
a single one dimensional (and i dispute this allegation) player does not a TEAM make. it makes a single player. count much?
and if huds is sof****** short, good! he'll skate right under the d's legs, and punch their sacs while he's doing it! threads like this serve as a sickening reminder why the rest of the league hates our fans. seriously, you just have to be right. righter than babs, righter than kenny...
i wonder if the KHL would give me 5 million tax free to root for them...
Yes, and that's why we need a guy like Hudler. As a team we already have that defensive abilitiy, but lack offense. Getting Hudler helps with that. It's like we have 80 offense 100 defense and Hudler balances it to 100-100.
Of course I take a guy that is great in offense and great in defense over a guy that is great in offense but only average in defense, IF THEY WOULD HAVE THE SAME CAP HIT. We're living in a cap era, and when we get Hudler we don't pay too much money for defense which would be "wasted" as we already have great two-way guys.
Got the point?
I'm just saying overall,you want most,if not all of your players to be responsible on both side of the puck.I don't think Hudler brings it.